Last Man on Earth producer explains why the show is basically the anti-Walking Dead

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May 5, 2015, 1:59 PM EDT (Updated)

The first season of Fox’s surprise hit Last Man on Earth has officially come to an end, and creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have opened up about what exactly makes their apocalypse so unique.

Spoilers ahead for the first season of Last Man on Earth!

In an interview with Deadline, the producers opened up about the challenge of carrying something as high-concept as this show for a full season (with year two already on the way!), and Miller said a lot of the execution came about by looking at how the Average Joe might survive in the event of a real catastrophe.

Most shows and movies (i.e. The Walking Dead, etc.) focus on the extremely capable among us trying to sort out the new status quo, but what about the schlub who watches too much TV and doesn’t even know how to change his own oil? That’s the question Last Man on Earth sought to answer, in hilarious fashion. Here’s Miller’s take:

"I think it’s surprising because we’ve been talking about it for years, about how every time you see a postapocalyptic movie or show, it’s filled with the most able, competent survivalists. We would always talk about how if we were survivors of the apocalypse, we would not know how to do anything. I rely on Internet to tell me how to do everything. So it was always a funny idea to us, to see the funny side of the apocalypse. I guess people haven’t really done it that much because it immediately, on its face, doesn’t sound hilarious. ‘Everybody’s dead’ is not a great, funny way to start a TV show, but that’s part of what was so fun about doing this one."

Looking ahead, Miller teased that despite Phil and Carol’s drive off into the sunset we will be seeing the rest of the cast again in some form or fashion in season two. He also teased we might get more development on that cliffhanger surprise that revealed Phil’s brother (played by Jason Sudeikis) is still alive in a space station:

"I will say that it’s not the last that you see of those other characters (January Jones, etc.), but I think the plan for the next season is to open up the show a little bit more and take a little bit more advantage of the concept. So it’s obviously very early still, so we don’t want to say too much, lest it change or spoil anything. But I will say there will be a bunch of new dynamics in the new season. And it’s going to be awesome…

It was always part of the plan to sort of pay off that character [Phil’s missing brother played by Jason Sudeikis], and this is the way that Will had in his head from the very beginning. At one point, it was in the script, in the middle of the season, but really felt like more of a twist for the very, very end, and it was really fun to be able to do it."

What did you think of the first season of Last Man on Earth?

(Via Deadline)